In addition to being up for the FedEx Air Player of the Week award on NFL.com, QB Brett Favre is also nominated for the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week.
To vote for Favre for that award, click here.
With perhaps their season on the line, the Vikings were down two touchdowns late in the game when they asked Favre to pull off the miracle. Once again, he delivered. In his 46th career comeback victory, Favre threw for 147 of his career-high 446 yards and two touchdowns in the final 4:39 of regulation and OT to help stun Arizona.
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Make sure to click over to NFL.com to cast your vote for Vikings QB Brett Favre as the FedEx Air Player of the Week for his performance in last Sunday’s come-from-behind win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Favre completed 36 of 47 passes for a career-high 446 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Vikings’ 27-24 overtime win.
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We regularly promote Pro Bowl voting on vikings.com to give fans every chance possible to cast their votes. We also occasionally suggest which Vikings players might be particularly worthy of your Pro Bowl vote. The point is not to tell you who should vote for; rather we’re simply making the case for a player who might not otherwise garner the attention appropriate for his performance.
With that being said, Vikings P Chris Kluwe is a player who gets my Pro Bowl vote and I encourage you to vote for him, too.
Punting in the NFL is not about booting it as far as possible. It’s about winning the field position battle, and the Vikings punt team is doing just that. While Kluwe ranks 12th in gross punting average (44.5), he ranks 3rd in the more important net average category (43.3). This means Kluwe is doing a great job of putting hang time on his kicks and it also means the Vikings punt coverage team is doing a nice job of containing returners. Opposing teams average just 3.5 yards per return against Kluwe and Co., which is tied for #1 in the NFL.
On top of that, Kluwe has had 18 of his 36 punts downed inside the 20 and he’s had 12 punts fair caught by opponents. These are all very good numbers and they’re worthy, in my opinion, of him garnering Pro Bowl votes.
You can cast your Pro Bowl vote by clicking here.
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As we’ve recently mentioned here on the vikings.com Blog, the Vikings 27-24 OT victory over the Cardinals on Sunday came to fruition by way of several dynamics. Mike briefly touched on one particular contributing factor following head coach Brad Childress’ press conference on Monday, and we’ll delve into the subject further.
Since the departure of Randy Moss early last week, the Vikings WR unit was put under the microscope with questions about their depth and individual capabilities to make an impact. After Sunday’s victory, it’s clear that Bernard Berrian has cleared up many of those concerns.
Berrian recorded a season-high 9 receptions for 89 yards against the Cardinals – his most since the 2009 NFC Championship game, where he hauled in 9 passes for 102 yards. In his first 6 games this season, Berrian averaged less than 2 receptions per game (1.5) and 14.5 receiving yards per game.
More impressive than the numbers Berrian posted in the OT victory are the situations in which he recorded them. The 7-year veteran was a contributing force throughout the first 3 quarters with 3 of his 4 receptions resulting in 1st downs, but it was late in the 4th-quarter and in OT that Berrian came down with pivotal catches.
With the Vikings down 24-10 and 4:32 remaining in the game, Berrian grabbed a short pass down the middle for an 11-yard gain, setting up a 4-yard TD run by RB Adrian Peterson 2 plays later. His next reception was the initial play during the Vikings game-tying drive. Berrian’s catch resulted in a 15-yard gain heading into the 2-minute warning.
And perhaps Berrian’s biggest catch of the afternoon came during the game-winning OT drive. With the Vikings facing 1st and 20 following a holding penalty, Brett Favre found Berrian streaking across the middle of the field on a slant route for a 22-yard gain down to the Arizona 27. Peterson’s number was call upon 3 times for 9 more yards, setting up K Ryan Longwell’s game-winning 35-yard FG.
Berrian’s effectiveness was shown through his quick slant routes that allowed the Vikings offense to move the chains – 6 of his 9 receptions resulted in 1st downs.
“He certainly has the capabilities to catch the football coming inside,” Childress said on Monday. “There were a couple of slip screens. One he had a loss-yardage play, one he makes a play on third down. He is a good slant runner. He is a good in-break runner. He can catch the football down the field. I think he had a back shoulder opportunity. It’s nice to be able to get him those quick-hitters in a little bit of air because those slants typically end up 15-18 yards down the field, if you can connect on them.”
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Now is the time to submit your question for Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress to answer on this week’s episode of “Vikings GamePlan.” Coach Childress will answer one fan-submitted question each week.
To submit your question, click here.
Vikings GamePlan presented by Sports Authority is the official Minnesota Vikings pregame TV show. Co-Produced by Vikings Entertainment Network and FS North, GamePlan airs on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM on both KARE 11 and FS North. Vikings radio Play-by-Play man Paul Allen gives viewers an inside look at what to expect in the upcoming game through exclusive Film Study with Head Coach Brad Childress. KARE 11’s Tim McNiff goes head-to-head with opponent’s media in the popular Media Matchup. GamePlan also wires Vikings players during the game bringing you closer than anyone else can!
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Fans can watch a replay of Sunday’s dramatic win over the Cardinals tonight on NFL Network at 7 p.m. CST as a part of their “NFL Replay” program. QB Brett Favre threw for a career-high 446 yards as Minnesota rallied from a 14-point deficit in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to defeat Arizona 27-24 in overtime at Mall of America Field.
“NFL Replay” offers an exclusive look at the previous week’s games in a condensed, 75-minute, high-octane format. With the use of bonus NFL Films and NFL Network footage, including never-before-seen camera angles and coaches’ commentary, combined with exclusive wired sound from the field, locker rooms and sidelines, viewers will experience the game like never before.
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